Clement Hanami is a Japanese-American visual artist who grew up in East Los Angeles. He received his M.F.A. from the University of California Los Angeles in Studio Art with a specialization in New Genres. His work has been exhibited in California, New York, and Mexico and has been seen at the Geffen Contemporary,the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Armory Center for the Arts, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, California Museum of Photography,Long Beach Museum of Art, AFI National Video Festival, and the Santa Monica Museum of Art.
Mr. Hanami is currently the Vice President of Exhibitions and Art Director at theJapanese American National Museum and his most recent projects include curating the exhibitions Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066 and Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo. He taught New Genres at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts for 20 years. He was a Cultural Affairs Commissioner for the City of Culver City from 2004 to 2010. He received a Getty Visual Arts Fellowship in 2000 and a COLA Artist Award in 2007 given by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.